Sen. Graham: 'They Can't Beat Him on the Law, So They're Trying to Destroy His Life'

By Susan Jones | September 18, 2018 | 6:09am EDT
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - What's happening to Judge Brett Kavanaugh -- an 11th hour accusation of sexual molestation dating back 35 years -- is "part of a pattern," Sen. Lindsey Graham told Fox News's Sean Hannity Monday night.

“I think it's part of a pattern. They can't beat him on the law so they are trying to destroy his life. If a conservative had edited a tape of a liberal nominee to the court where you take their words and turn them upside down-- They tried to suggest that judge Kavanaugh used the word or term ‘abortion-inducing drugs,’ when it was the plaintiff, the Priests for Life.

“Remember what Kamala Harris did to Judge Kavanaugh, tried to put words in his mouth? Remember what they tried to say, that he had some knowledge of stolen documents when he did not?" Graham asked.

“So there's been a pattern by Democrats on this committee to take his words out of context to try to accuse him of things he had nothing to do with. And the last straw here is this allegation that came about last Thursday, and again. Why didn't they ask him about it before?

Graham said if he believed that a Supreme Court nominee had committed a serious, disqualifying offense, "I would bring it up to them -- I would not let that go unchallenged."

Graham said he plans to listen to what the accuser says about Kavanaugh and then compare that to everything else he knows about Kavanaugh, taking his denial into account.

"And here's what I want your audience to know," Graham continued.


"If Ms. Ford really did not want to come forward, never intended to come forward, never planned to come forward, why did she pay for a polygraph in August and why did she hire a lawyer in August if she never intended to do what she's doing? And who paid for it?" Graham added.

Both Ford and Kavanaugh are expected to testify before the Judiciary Committee on Monday, and Graham said the committee will vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation on Wednesday.

"All I can say is that I've been a prosecutor, a judge and a defense counsel all of my life until I got into politics. This case could not go before a criminal court because it's too old. No lawyer would bring it as a civil suit because it's just too hard to prove.

“The question for the Senate, is there really enough evidence here given the nature of the allegation, how old it is and the uncertain nature of it, to deny this man who has lived an incredible life a promotion to the Supreme Court? And if it was this bad, why did not the Democrats challenge Judge Kavanaugh when he was sitting right there in front of them?”

At the end of the interview, Graham repeated that he will "look at everything in Judge Kavanaugh's life, not just this accusation. And I feel good about it," he said.

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